The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) began its life in 1963 as the Sociological Association of Australia and New Zealand (SAANZ) and incorporated in 1968. In 1988 the association changed its name to TASA. TASA members include sociologists and social scientists consisting of academics, postgraduate and undergraduate students, public servants, consultants and social researchers.

TASA aims to:

  • further sociology in Australia
  • provide a network for sociologists in Australia
  • further links with other sociological associations
  • address issues of relevance to Australian sociologists.

The TASA Executive introduced Thematic Groups in 2005. They are designed to facilitate communication and collaboration between TASA members working in similar areas. They are also intended to provide a vehicle for the organisation of the annual conferences. Since 2005 twenty Thematic Groups for TASA have been established.

TASA portal


The thematic group Risk Societies of TASA was established in 2009.

Risk has become pervasive in public and interdisciplinary debate in recent decades. The group brings together a broad range of topics and levels of analysis which encompass issues such as the adaptation to climate change, the management of new diseases, and the introduction of new technologies and the response to international terror as well as the management of social risks and risk regulation in areas such as health, crime and youth. This also includes individual responses to risk in everyday life and risk communication by the media. However, in political decision making and societal management of risk and uncertainty critical sociological perspectives to risk are often neglected. The group aims to establish a sociological perspective to risk and uncertainty as part of an interdisciplinary discourse on societal risk management.

The group provides the context to bring together risk research from different approaches (cultural, risk society, governmentality, systems theory or edgework) and domains to fertilise further theoretical developments on risk within sociology.

TASA site for Risk Societies

Contact person for the group

Dr. Alphia Possamai-Inesedy, University of Western Sydney, [email protected]